The Inuit Circumpolar Documentary

Extreme Conditions on Return Crossing

We have let behind us 48 tough hours. It was between minus 20 and 30 degrees celsius all the time. The dogs were worn out when we reached the ice sheet. The wind blew a lot so we made an igloo. All the sleds were destroyed by all the rocks, so we had to rebuild them in the camp. During the next night we went up on top of the glacier – dogs still tired from the struggle the day before. Even my polar eskimo friends said it felt cold – with a gale and minus 25 degrees. Then we met a thick fog down south, with made it pretty difficult to find the best way. We did good speed over the crevasses. Fortunately we made it back. Now we are tired.

Hans Reidar Bjelke


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